Harrys Ridge Trail

MODERATE 87 reviews

Harrys Ridge Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Toutle, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until November.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1535 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Get a panoramic view of the devastation from the Mt. St. Helen's Crater, to Spirit lake and beyond. Not to be missed! This is an incredible route for getting a sense of the total devastation from the 1980 eruption. You'll hike with the crater in front of you or on your right most the way, then turn towards the east mountains as you make your way to Harry's Ridge. From Harry's Ridge you'll view the crater, Spirit Lake with logs from the eruption still sliding across the lake back and forth with the wind, and on up towards the furthest parts of the damage. Along the way, in the right season, you'll find berries and wildlife. If you're lucky, you'll return as the Elk head off the mountain into the valley to feed and rest for the night - they'll be on your right most the way back.

4 months ago

This trail was my first time being close to Mt St Helens and I was stunned at how beautiful and up close and personal it was! I did this hike in September. The trail is exposed so bring more water than you expect. A lot of ups and downs! View of Helens are constant, but the final grand view with spirit lake in the foreground is definitely worth the work.

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5 months ago

Harry's Ridge is an incredible hike. You get panoramic views of the destruction that Mt. St. Helen's caused. It's a fairly easy hike at first going through some windy hills. You end up taking a left and going through some wilderness. There was some snow on the ground but nothing too bad (was in my cross-trainers). The real fun is when you start climbing up the ridge. It's a nice steady climb but nothing too hard. At the top, you are rewarded with some of the best views I've seen in Washington. I was blown away by how alien and beautiful the landscape is. If you watched the last Planet of the Apes, the ending scene takes place here. Highly recommend this hike. My second favorite besides Lake Serene.

hiking
6 months ago

This was a fun trail! Even though the clouds were low and we didn’t get to see much from Harry’s and got pelted with ice in the rain up there, it was still beautiful! Can’t wait to do it on a clear day!

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6 months ago

We had such an amazing day hiking to Harry's Ridge! It was a pretty moderate hike and totally worth the views. I highly recommend this for a good day hike!

7 months ago

We had an awesome hike! beautiful views and great weather! The trail was pretty dusty/ashy and there is little opportunity for shade, so be sure to prepare accordingly. Also, bring LOTS of water. we brought a gallon each and went through all of it!

7 months ago

lots of up and down, also very exposed / absolutely zero shade. pack accordingly

7 months ago

absolutely breathtaking views. take lots of water there is no shade. but totally worth it. great hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views!

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8 months ago

Stunning views of both Mt St. Helens and Adams. With hood peaking out toward the top of the hike. Very dusty and exposed. Highly recommend lots of water, sunscreen and body protection, as there is little to no cover from the sun. Highly recommend.

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8 months ago

A beautifull hike without any shade so remember to bring enough water and protection with you. Combined it with coldwater peak because we missen the turnoff but because of that we had an amazing view of lake St Helens and the Crater. Definitely can recommend it.

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8 months ago

Nice trail with beautiful views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood today. Wildflowers of all types are in bloom now. Saw elk, hummingbirds, squirrels, & butterflies from trail. If you need a restroom before you start hiking, stop at Coldwater Lake facilities. Restrooms there are open. At observatory, nothing opens till 10 and no port-a-potties. Trail well groomed, dusty in places.

8 months ago

Amazing views. Beautiful on a clear day. Not overly difficult, but bring a lot of water and a lunch.

9 months ago

Relatively easy trail with amazing panoramic views of Mount St Helens, Spirit Lake and the wild landscape following the 1980 eruption. Bring tons of sunscreen and water!

9 months ago

I couldn't stop gawking at the amazing views!

9 months ago

The flowers were out, red and purple. Gorgeous views of Spirit Lake, Mt Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. St. Helens. Long dusty trail getting there, but the view from the ridge was spectacular.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked yesterday (07/03) and it was beautiful!!! Absolutely stunning. It only got up to 68 degrees but even with the sun blaring I was chilly with the high winds on top of the Ridge! There was a fair amount of people out, but I wouldn't call the trail crowded. We were out all day, and the view was so clear and spectacular without a cloud in the sky, we continued onto Harry's Point after the Ridge for an even higher and clearer view. Definitely my new favorite Ridge hike! We drank 3 water bottles per person and my boyfriend got burned to a crisp so remember sunscreen. Oh and go soon cause the fields of wildflowers wont be around for too much longer and they make the sights even more colorful!

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing views if the Cascades and the crater, even though we went on a cloudy day.

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10 months ago

Overcast and still sunburnt lol make sure you bring the lotion. I've been to the Visitor center before as a teen, and coming back as an adult to do this hike was amazing. The views you get the whole hike are jaw dropping. The trees in spirit lake were unreal.

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10 months ago

Hiked yesterday. Fantastic views of Adams and right into the crater of St Helens. Very little snow left, and none of it was an issue. There was a section roped off which was signed (dated 5/25) as having snow, but there was none anymore and there was a view point you wouldn't want to miss.

Hot and no water on trail, so pack plenty. And bring sunscreen.

10 months ago

Hiked today 6/5--beautiful day --amazing views
Some snow pack but passable and not difficult to navigate with the exception of one spot

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! Gray views of the volcano and Mt Rainier! Started on Boundary trail from parking lot of Johnston Ridge Observatory. Intermittent sections of snow on the Boundary trail and quite a bit of snow on the last mile to Harry's ridge but easy to hike with proper boots and trekking poles.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

I LOVED every bit of this trail. Extremely worth the $8 you pay to do it.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

The perfect fall day for a hike. A little cold and windy, but well worth it.
Can't wait to go back next summer.

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Fabulous day hike with some exciting trails with views along the entire hike. Devils Elbow was narrowed trail along high steep cliff edges. I would recommend taking the 10 essentials. Binoculars would have been a must bring along this hike. No wonder Harry didn't want to leave. The area is grandiose and carpeted in mountain range as far as the eyes could see. History is alive on Harry's Ridge.

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

35 yrs after the mountain blew it's still otherworldly. Morning clouds gave way to a mostly sunny sky. Jackets required around 11:00 am at the outset, but not needed for long. Wild flowers in bloom all along the the trail. Our lifetime offers an opportunity to see for miles in this landscape. Harry's Ridge is one of my all time favorites. I listened to different languages being spoken and appreciated all the more that people travel from around the globe to see what we have accessible as a day hike. Listened in to a ranger talk along the trail on way back. They are passionate about & respect Mt St Helens & surrounding mountains, valleys, ridges. But they're every bit as passionate & respectful of the brilliant scientists, Johnston in particular, who lost their lives, as well as the scientists who monitor this young volcano and advance our knowledge of the 1980 event & the rebirth of this magnificent area.

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Today it was completely fogged in on our way out from the observatory. It also rained most the time. It opened up enough for a few pics but quickly turned crummy again. This was probably the only time I've ever been to the Mountain and not seen a deer or Elk. But, it was nice to get out.

hiking
Friday, June 03, 2016

Great views of the inside of the Crater. Will overlook Spirit Lake and will be able to see the Mount Margaret back county. Always Elk to be seen on this trail. Route will be in the open sun, being protection.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Great hike! The views are absolutely amazing. The narrow pathway along the cliff wasn't a problem however meeting someone coming the opposite direction could have been very challenging at a few spots. The reported elevation gain of 200' is misleading as others have stated. With a 20-min lunch break plus multiple photo stops, hubby and I completed the hike in just over 4 hours.

hiking
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The hike to Harrys Ridge is a fun 8 mile hike. The cliff section looks frightening at first, but not so much on the way back. The views from Harrys Ridge are amazing. Nature at its finest. Don't miss this hike.

Monday, April 20, 2015

GORGEOUS. Can't be beat. Narrow path winding around edge of cliff at times so not for all. But breathtaking views if you keep going!

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